An evening with Alfredo Arreguin, artist
Thursday, May 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library
5:30 p.m., - 6:30 p.m.
Free concert with Mariachi Ayutla
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Tacoma Public Library, in partnership with Conexion Latina, is honored to feature acclaimed artist Alfredo Arreguin in a free slide talk and book signing.
Recognized as one of the originators of the Pattern and Decoration movement in painting, Alfredo Arreguin continues to garner accolades for his intricately designed and brilliantly colored oil on canvas paintings. Born in Moreila, Michoacan, Mexico (1935), Alfredo Arreguin developed as an artist in Seattle, where he has resided since 1958. Arreguin enrolled in the School of Architecture at the University of Washington where he received a B.A. in fine art and subsequently, in 1970, an M.F.A.
He creates fresh and vibrant works featuring intricate patterns and designs found in the traditional crafts of his native Michoacán; the lush rainforests of his homeland and of the Pacific Northwest. The hypnotic and meditative patterns found within his paintings are heavily influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e prints; sacred and endangered animals; gods and totemic figures; icons like Frida Kahlo and César Chávez; and motifs including masks, eyes, and abstractly patterned tiles.
He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Governor's Art Award. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions during the past 40 years. In 1995, Arreguin received an OHTLI Award, the highest recognition given by the Mexican government to the commitment of distinguished individuals who perform activities that contribute to promote Mexican culture abroad. His art is included in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Mexico.